Extensive experience

Founded in Cambridge, United Kingdom by a group of mathematicians and software engineers, Luminance’s computational and mathematical knowledge is world class. The technology is based on the work of Cambridge University PhDs, while the team contains experts in Bayesian probabilistic mathematics, meaning based computing and legacy system connections.

The Luminance team has developed many of the most intelligent, compliant, and secure big data systems for organisations ranging from NATO to the NHS. They have unique expertise in applying new maths to solve complex real-world challenges where there are very large, heterogeneous, constantly evolving data sets. In addition to managing numerous mergers, acquisitions and financings, Luminance's employees have developed some of largest and most mission-critical software systems for multinational and governmental organisations.

Executive Team
Martin Blackburn, Sales Director

Martin has extensive experience in software sales, having spent the previous 20 years working for Cambridge Neurodynamics, Autonomy Systems and latterly as part of the Big Data practice at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. During this time he has had responsibility for major accounts as well as holding sales leadership roles. He holds a degree in Business & Marketing as well as a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Emily Foges, CEO

Emily has 20 years’ experience of growing and scaling up technology-led businesses. First as a management consultant and then with Betfair, BT and Equifax, she has built and led teams driving acquisition and integration strategies; and scoping, developing and launching new products. In maximising value from multiple acquisitions and joint ventures, Emily has first-hand experience of the significant risks and opportunities that are often missed during due diligence processes.

Dr James Loxam, CTO

James Loxam leads the developer team in Cambridge. James has created multiple technologies for European software giants. He specialises in big data, machine learning and computer vision. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Vision and Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

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Andrew Kanter, Partner

Andrew Kanter served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Autonomy for twelve years, where he led its global legal and operations divisions and oversaw all major acquisitions and transactions. A qualified lawyer, Andrew was previously an attorney in private practice in San Francisco and London, specialising in venture capital, international M&A and corporate finance. Andrew has acted as a principal on M&A transactions of over $2 billion, and an advisor on more than $40 billion of M&A transactions. Andrew also served as Clerk of Hon. Christine Miller of the US Court of Federal Claims, Washington D.C.  He holds a J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center and a BA from John Hopkins University.

Dr Mike Lynch OBE, Advisor

Celebrated as ‘Britain's Bill Gates’, Mike Lynch is a renowned technologist at the cutting-edge of fundamental new technologies. Having founded Autonomy in 1996, based on technology invented at Cambridge, it quickly became one of the most successful companies on the FTSE 100 and was acquired in 2011 for $11 billion. He went on to found investment firm Invoke Capital in 2012, which focuses on developing new fundamental technologies in Europe. Mike was named Computer Weekly's ‘Most Influential Person of the Year’ and won the Chartered Institute for IT's award for Outstanding Contribution to IT in 2011. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, an honorary fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, and a scientific advisor to the British Prime Minister.

Robert Webb QC, Chairman

Robert Webb is currently Chairman of Darktrace Limited and a Director of Holdingham Group (formerly Hakluyt). He is a Door Tenant of Brick Court Chambers. Until 1998, Robert was a practicing Barrister, a Recorder and Head of Chambers at 5 Bell Yard, London. From 1998 to 2009 he was General Counsel of British Airways. He is also a past Chairman of BBC Worldwide and of Autonomy plc, a former Senior Independent Director of the London Stock Exchange and a Director of Argent Ltd and of Air Mauritius. He was General Counsel of Rolls-Royce Plc (2012-16). He is a Bencher of the Inner Temple and Trustee of Comic Relief, and a former Fellow of UNICEF.

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